If you have any teen drivers in your family, they are probably getting excited about the prospect of driving themselves to school. While this is a thrilling time of life, it can be dangerous, too. Here are a few back-to-school driving tips for teens to help them stay safe behind the wheel.
- Obey all school zone laws. Make sure your young driver understands the importance of obeying the school zone speed limit.
- Look out for pedestrians. Along with kids driving to school, there will be lots of walkers and cyclists, too. Drive cautiously and look out for others as you get close to school. Always give pedestrians the right of way and never honk at them.
- Leave early. Running late for school can cause drivers to speed and disregard other safety procedures. Make sure your teen is leaving early enough to allow plenty of time to get to school with time to spare.
- Stop for school buses. Your teen will likely see some school buses along their way. Make sure they know all the rules for driving past school buses. If a bus extends their stop sign, all drivers must stop, no matter which direction they are traveling.
Make sure your teen’s car is back-to-school ready. Schedule a maintenance check at Reliance Mitsubishi.
No matter what season it is, you should always have an emergency kit stowed away in your vehicle. Usually, drivers think that having a winter emergency kit is all that matters, but it is equally important to have a summer emergency kit. Hot temperatures and long hours of driving on road trips bring about certain car issues unique to the summer months. Here are some suggestions on what you should include in your car’s emergency kit for summer.
- Water & Snacks: If you get stuck in traffic or break down on the side of the road, you will want to have plenty of water on hand for everyone. You will also want to pack some snacks that won’t melt.
- Sunscreen: Stuck in the sun? Rather than adding on the irritation of a sunburn to trying to figure out what’s wrong with your vehicle, pack some sunscreen.
- Visibility Equipment: To keep your family safe on the side of the road, have visibility equipment on hand to alert other drivers of your presence.
- Tire Gauge and Sealant: Hot road temperatures can affect your tires, so you will want to have a tire gauge on hand to check your tires’ pressure. Getting a flat or puncturing a tire on a road trip is particularly bothersome, so you will want to have some tire sealant on hand just in case you’re able to patch the tire yourself.
To ensure your car is able to handle the unique demands of summer driving, schedule a maintenance check at Reliance Mitsubishi.
Need to start prepping for a road trip, but don’t know where to start? Here are some suggestions for servicing your vehicle so that it’s road trip ready.
Wash Your Vehicle
Dirt can get into the undercarriage of your vehicle and cause damage and reduce visibility. Plus, it just looks terrible. Give your vehicle a thorough wash before a trip.
Improperly inflated tires can cause a whole host of problems, from poor fuel economy to popping easier on hot pavement. Tires with worn or uneven tread or tires that are improperly aligned can also lead to major problems.
A dead battery will derail your road trip plans. Check your battery capacity and connections before heading out on your trip.
Catch Up With Routine Service
It’s easy to fall behind on your vehicle’s regular maintenance schedule, but before a road trip it’s especially important to get all the routine stuff such as oil changes and tire rotations out of the way.
Pack Emergency Kit
Sometimes no matter how much effort you put into prepping for a road trip, emergencies will happen. You can be better prepared for unforeseen situations by packing an emergency kit that includes jumper cables, flashlights, a first aid kit, and tools.
Schedule a service appointment at Reliance Mitsubishi to make sure your car is ready for your epic road trip.
At Reliance Mitsubishi, we absolutely love driving. But we understand that a daily commute can become an annoying, stressful, or even boring part of the day. Thankfully, there are more smartphone apps than ever before that can breathe fresh air into our daily drives. If you feel like your commute could use a pick-me-up, check out our favorite driving apps below!
Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™
Whether you use an Android or Apple smartphones, these apps are a no-brainer if you’re interested in enjoying your favorite smartphone features while driving. These apps enable a simplified display that is safer and more convenient to navigate while driving so you can stay entertained in that traffic jam without having to fumble through your phone.
While GasBuddy doesn’t offer a lot in the way of entertainment, it makes up for it in value. This awesome app allows you to find the absolute cheapest gas prices around, no matter where you are. It’s simple, easy to use, and — best of all — will save you money even if you’re driving across the country.
Feel like you’re always busy coming or going or like you never have enough time to sit down to enjoy a good book anymore? Audible could be the solution. This great app is a truly massive collection of audiobooks that can turn your dreaded commute into your favorite time of the day.
In addition to these apps, take your commute to the next level with a new vehicle from Reliance Mitsubishi.
Does your car look, feel or smell like something has been hibernating inside it this winter? More than a few of us here at Reliance Mitsubishi have experienced this too, so don’t worry. Here are our favorite spring car cleaning tips to help you wash away the winter grime.
Scrub Carpets & Fabrics
Using a damp towel, gently scrub your seats and floor mats to remove mud, salt, and debris. Water and dish soap should work fine, but if you’re in the mood to go the extra mile, you can buy or rent a carpet cleaner.
Things tend to pile up in your car over the winter months. For a tidier, more relaxing atmosphere, take a garbage bag out to the car and fill it up with all the sandwich wrappers, random papers, and other trash that has accumulated in your cabin.
Tidy the Trunk
Like your cabin filling with trash, your trunk can be a bit of a hoarder between November and April. Get those sandbags, loose tools, and other items out of there and back to the garage, basement, storage closet, or wherever else they belong. This might even help increase your fuel efficiency!
Once you’ve finished your spring cleaning, you’ll be ready to greet the season with a fresh-looking (and fresh-smelling) vehicle.